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During the Pandemic, One Thing Didn't Change

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When jobs began disappearing during the COVID-19 pandemic, it was presumed health insurance coverage would soon follow. But a new analysis indicates the percentage of uninsured working-age adults remained the same from March 2019 to April 2021 at approximately 11%.

There was internal change, however. Many people moved from employer plans to public programs after losing jobs, even in states without expanded Medicaid coverage. But where Medicaid was more broadly available, it made a difference: 1 in 3 low-income workers were uninsured in states without Medicaid expansion compared with 1 in 7 with Medicaid expansion.

Vicious Cycle

Cyclists are at higher risk of suffering traumatic spine injuries than any other sport, primarily due to collisions with motor vehicles, followed by falls.

A review of 12,000 injuries to the spine or spinal cord over five years recorded in a national database found that 1 in 5 were related to sports. Cyclists suffered the vast majority (81%), followed by skiing and snowboarding (12%), aquatic sports and contact sports (3% each) and skateboarding and rollerblading (1% each).

Half of the diving injuries were to the spinal cord, while cervical and spinal fractures made up most of the cyclists' injuries.

 

Body of Knowledge

While humans are not the biggest, fastest or strongest animals around, we are the best at something: long-distance running. Our long legs, upright posture, particular musculature and ability to shed heat via sweat are all factors that make us good runners. In fact, early humans often hunted prey by chasing it for long periods of time until the animals literally died from exhaustion, a technique known as persistence hunting.

Mark Your Calendar

November is awareness month for diabetes (including diabetic diseases of the eye), bladder health, lung, pancreatic and stomach cancers, epilepsy, health skin, Alzheimer's disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It's also Prematurity Awareness Month, though it's fine to be aware in October and earlier. More than 15 million babies are born preterm each year around the world.

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